Engineering Design and Analysis
Project Lead, Donald L. Anton,
Savannah River National Laboratory
Demonstrate quantitatively solid state metal hydride storage system capabilities and progress towards DoE system performance goals.
- Develop & evaluate necessary heat and mass transfer analysis methods to predict performance of hydrogen storage systems based on the various metal hydrides of interest.
- Design and test advanced heat exchange systems
- Perform systems analyses to elucidate the impact of various HX methods on system performance.
- Determine engineering properties for media considered for sub-scale system demonstrations
- Measure engineering properties such as heat capacity, expansion stresses & thermal conductivity.
- Develop media processing and handling methods for pilot-scale quantities of metal hydrides.
- Develop cyclic and hydrogen impurity test & analysis techniques.
- Develop handling and use hazard assessments for solid state hydride materials.
- Demonstrate sub-scale systems utilizing media developed under the MHCoE.
- Key areas of research identified as: (i) advanced heat exchange design, (ii) media engineering properties, (iii) heat & mass transfer modeling and (iv) system modeling methods.
- Novel Solid/Liquid Heat Exchange (SLHX) designs with the potential to significantly reduce gravimetric and volumetric hydrogen storage densities have been defined and are currently being evaluated.
- Base Line system models have been developed which will elucidate the impact of various advanced HX design characteristics for metal hydride fuel supply to fuel cell power systems.
- High yield media preparation methodologies have been proven.
- One-dimensional heat transfer model developed.
- Thermal Properties laboratory completed.
- Trace impurity cycling station has been completed.
- Accelerated cycling rig is nearing completion.
- ANL MH-Tool model has been evaluated.